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Morality at the margins : youth, language, and Islam in coastal Kenya

Author: Sarah Hillewaert
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
La 4ème de couv. indique : "This book considers the day-to-day lives of young Muslims on Kenya's island of Lamu, who live simultaneously on the edge and in the center. At the margins of the national and international economy and of Western notions of modernity, Lamu's inhabitants nevertheless find themselves the focus of campaigns against Islamic radicalization and of Western touristic imaginations of the untouched  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Hillewaert
ISBN: 9780823286515 0823286517 9780823286508 0823286509
OCLC Number: 1200742324
Description: 1 vol. (XXI-302 p.) : ill., cartes. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface | ixIntroduction | 1Interlude 1: Mila Yetu Hufujika (Our Traditions Are Being Destroyed), by Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir | 411. "This Is Lamu": Belonging, Morality, and Materiality | 462. Dialects of Morality | 76Interlude 2: kiSwahili, by Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir | 1143. "Youth" as a Discursive Construct | 1214. Reframing Morality through Youthful Voices | 153Interlude 3: Tupijeni Makamama (Let's Embrace), by Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir | 1875. Senses of Morality and Morality of the Senses | 191Epilogue | 233Appendix: Note on Language | 247Acknowledgments | 257Notes | 261Bibliography | 271Index | 293
Responsibility: Sarah Hillewaert.


What does it mean to be young, modern, and Muslim? Documenting everyday life in Lamu (Kenya), this book explores the mundane practices of behavior and speech that create moral personhood. In  Read more...


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In this gorgeous ethnography, Sarah Hillewaert sketches what it means to be modern in a time of significant transformation. Through elegant prose and well-honed analytical insight, she illustrates Read more...

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